Deputy Commissioner Khyber tribal district Mehmood Aslam Wazir talking to TNN.

Mehrab Afridi

LANDIKOTAL: Deputy Commissioner Khyber tribal district Mehmood Aslam Wazir has asked the people to stay indoors during the lockdown and avoid unnecessary meetings.

Talking to TNN, the deputy commissioner said quarantines have been set up in Bara (116-bed), Landikotal (130-bed) and Tirah (30-bed), while 20-bed isolation wards have also been set up in the three tehsils. He said the number of beds in the isolation wards will be increased according to need and emergency steps may also be taken in the event of any difficult situation.

“We have funds. We have resources. There is no need to worry,” he said.

The deputy commissioner said it is a good factor that people and media are fully cooperating with the administration during this challenging situation. He said many trade unions have voluntarily closed the markets in Khyber district and they are fully cooperating with the district administration in each of its steps.

“I appeal to the people to stay inside their homes. Hopefully, it is a matter of few days after which everyone can go anywhere. We won’t put the suspected coronavirus patients into jails, we will only treat them and send them home once they are recovered,” he said, adding that the area people must also inform the administration about the suspected cases. He said responsible attitude by people can save many lives.

“Lockdown has not been imposed for picnic or enjoyment. It is for making sure that people stay at homes,” the deputy commissioner reminded.

Mehmood Aslam Wazir said screening of people is continuing at every entry point of Khyber district.

“Under the teachings of Islam, one must not leave an area in case of a disease outbreak. Therefore, people must stay at home and leave it to us to look after the patients and other measures,” he said.

The deputy commissioner said only one confirmed case was reported from Bara, who was treated well in Peshawar hospital. He said the administration also received information on Sunday that a suspected patient from Paseedkhel area has fled from a hospital in Lahore after which the administration officials went to his home at 1:30am and shifted him to Peshawar hospital. He said another suspected patient, who was travelling from Lahore to Landikotal, was stopped at Karkhano check post and he was allowed to go only after screening.